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The Gift of Peace

Dear Family and Friends: "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6–7

What an incredible promise. Think about what Jesus is offering us as we close out this year. His peace. I know personally how challenging these last two years have been.

I know this podcast is for adults diagnosed with dyslexia, but I wanted today to acknowledge to my fellow dyslexics that our life is not all wrapped up in just dyslexia.

There is so much more that impacts our life. For example, I recently lost my sister-in-law to cancer, and two years ago, my husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia. My mother had a stroke this year.

What have these two years taught me? To find a place in my life for dyslexia and to keep dyslexia in its place. This is important because we can easily excuse how we respond to life on dyslexia.

The Scripture I just read is designed to put things in proper perspective. When life events and how we think of them produce anxiety, Jesus says come to Me, talk to me. When we do this, our trust in Him becomes deeper. The roots of faith dig deep in the soil of our hearts.

Faith is the seed that the wind carries to other parts of our life, germinating and growing new flowers and beautiful plants in our garden of life. So how we choose to respond to dyslexia does have a strong barrier to how we react to other events in life.

With all that had transpired in the last two years, the Holy Spirit has helped me remain hopeful for the future. The strength He has given me to grow as an adult with dyslexia has also helped me be strong for my husband and my Mom.

How does this work, well, by talking things over with Jesus? Not being afraid of suffering. Actually, I'm learning to welcome it because Jesus has promised, "But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10.

The apostle John reminds us that we are counseled to by trials: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:18

One day recently, I was sitting by my mother's bedside. I was hurting because of all her losses and did not know how to comfort her. I cried to the Lord, " why won't You do something? The stroke has robbed her of so much." The Lord's response was quick. He said asked Me for strength and courage to help and support your Mom through her suffering. The trying of her soul is most needful now, but she shall come forth as gold. So right there beside her, I began to pray for strength and courage to support her through her trial. Somehow, I had made her trial mine and taken ownership of it, but it wasn't mine. So, I gave it back to Christ, and in return, He gave me His strength moment by moment to support my Mom while the Lord refined her in the fire. Yes, it was difficult, but I no longer felt the weight of her trial, which made it easier to support, comfort, and encourage her.

I have the peace Christ promised. I am thankful as He guards my heart. So, I pray that you let what you have learned about how Christ works in your dyslexia work in other areas of your life. He has promised to keep us in perfect peace to the extent we trust Him. His gift of peace is independent of all our circumstances... Actually, the heavier the burden, the richer we are, for we are covered by His grace and enriched in peace.

So, hold on... Yes, life is made up of so much more than dyslexia, but we are so much more equipped to deal with life because of those unexpected dyslexia moments that we have learned to trust Jesus to get us through.

You are so amazing and have come so far. The future continues to hold many opportunities for us. I challenge you to give the gift them how He had comforted your heart.


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